Let’s not jump on every op­por­tu­nity

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Connolly project put into re­ceiver­ship (July 18)

In re­sponse to this ar­ti­cle I feel it nec­es­sary to com­ment on the lack of due dili­gence ex­er­cised with this par­tic­u­lar project and de­vel­oper. If there was a his­tory of bank­rupt­cies and re­ceiver­ships, should there not have been more care taken at the out­set?

Was the city so blinded and ex­cited by an­other de­vel­oper in­ter­ested in build­ing in Hamil­ton, fur­ther sub­stan­ti­at­ing the f alse hopes that LRT will at­tract de­vel­op­ment?

Why is the city will­ing to make con­ces­sions for these larger de­vel­op­ers while the smaller ones are held up for years due to bu­reau­cratic pro­cesses? Hamil­ton has lost many projects due to the lack of an or­ga­nized sys­tem.

The de­struc­tion of an­other his­tor­i­cal land­mark is un­con­scionable. As with many other city projects, more at­ten­tion, cau­tion, aware­ness and con­cern should be directed to­ward those who are all too ea­ger to ride on the coat­tails of the real es­tate frenzy.

That ship is sail­ing away, and LRT will not en­cour­age eco­nomic up­lift, even when forced. This may be just one ex­am­ple of many to come if the LRT is built. We have a great city; let’s be wise with the plan­ning and not jump on every op­por­tu­nity in an at­tempt to fulfil a dream that might turn into a night­mare. Carol Lazich, Hamil­ton

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